Monday, April 14, 2014

What do we learn from mistakes?



Arquimedes Machado

In every project we are involved in, be it personal or professional, we normally devote a considerable amount of time and effort to comply with the due date.

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Have you ever experienced this situation? You are engrossed in a project, and suddenly you make a mistake and realize that you had made it before. In my case, that makes me wonder why I am reliving the same situation over again. If this is not my first time, why do I make the same mistake twice?

The answers to these questions have to do with the project’s environment and the staff involved. From my point of view, this happens because you did not learn what you had to. Consequently, life puts you back in similar (or identical) situations to learn the lesson.  I truly believe that learning from a mistake depends on the person´s reaction to it.

The first thing to do is to accept your mistake. To face responsibility is a step that deserves applause.  We are so used to regarding mistakes negatively, that when we make a mistake, we frequently refuse to recognize it. Instead, we blame others and have pointless discussion, with the only aim of being free from blame.

Analyzing our mistakes is not about listing the bad things, possible punishments or feeling guilty because something went wrong.  The point is, to learn from them, to improve as a person and to avoid falling into the same hole again.

It is said that the only responsible person from a bad situation is you and you are the one who has the power to turn it around. To believe in this will help us recognize our mistakes and think about what we have to learn, evaluate, change and improve.